MMA News: Germaine de Randamie poised for UFC return
The former Featherweight Champion has been cleared to prepare for her return
What's the story?
Former UFC Women's Featherweight Champion Germaine de Randamie has revealed that she has medical clearance to start training for a long-awaited comeback fight in the UFC.
De Randamie, 33, took to Instagram to announce her return to fitness and her intention to come back "strong, faster, and more hungry than ever before.”
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De Randamie was crowned as the inaugural Women's Featherweight Champion when she narrowly defeated Holly Holm at UFC 208 but was later stripped of her title when she refused to face Cris 'Cyborg' Justino at UFC 214.
The Dutch-born fighter has been out of action since her win against Holly Holm as a result of a hand injury which required surgery in early September.
The heart of the matter
Although De Randamie did draw criticism for refusing to fight Cyborg, news of her imminent return will be welcomed by the UFC. Her pedigree and highly-advanced kickboxing make her a genuine threat in both the Featherweight and Bantamweight divisions.
As a former champion of the Featherweight division and a top 10 contender in the Bantamweight division, De Randamie's return will add further competition and intrigue to two exciting weight classes in the UFC.
De Randamie will immediately resume training in an attempt to return to full fitness before her next fight is scheduled.
Prior to her injury she had been scheduled to face off against Marion Reneau at UFC Fight Night 115. UFC officials may look to book this fight again in the very near future.
The return of Germaine De Randamie will open up the opportunity for some great match-ups across two weight-classes. However, Dana White and the fans will be hoping that De Randamie can be convinced to accept a grudge match against the current Featherweight Champion, Cris 'Cyborg' Justino.
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